American Murals and Muralists of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s | Newberry

American Murals and Muralists of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s

Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Three sessions, Thursdays December 2-December 16.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

In the 1920s, contemporary themes and a highly stylized approach to design better suited to the machine age began replacing the monumental allegorical figures and academic style typical of American murals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This seminar examines American murals of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, including both non-government-funded murals and those produced under New Deal programs designed to assist struggling artists during the Great Depression.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Kathleen Murphy Skolnik teaches art and architectural history at Roosevelt University. She is the co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere and a contributor to Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America and has lectured and written extensively on Art Deco-related topics.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.